A Little Communication Problem

My 17-year-old son and I had dinner alone last night so I asked him what he wanted for Christmas. Between shoveling in food to his mouth (he had come straight from basketball practice and was starving), and being at that age when words kind of blur together, as if they have no consonants, he gave me a one word answer.

“That’s great!” I said, very pleased. “I’ll look on E-bay and see if they have any used ones.”

“Used?” he asked, eyeing me suspiciously.

“Well, you’ve never played one before…or any other instrument for that matter, so I don’t want to spend the money for a new one.”

“What do you think I said?” he asked.

“Tuba. You want a tuba.”

“Tivo. I said I wanted TIVO.”


About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    LOL – I can just see the look on his face Christmas morning if you hadn’t had the rest of that conversation!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So glad to learn that the speech issue is a short term teenage challenge. All along I thought our daughter was regressing!

  3. Lily Ann says:

    I’ve got a gift card to go with that Tuba!! lol!! 🙂

  4. Elizabeth M Thompson says:

    Aren’t you glad he clarified that? Your morning after Christmas post would have been hysterical though.

    Too funny!